Meet Our Contributors

Norman Winter – The Garden Guy

Norman Winter is the retired director of the University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Georgia. He is a published author, syndicated garden columnist with articles read coast-to-coast and renowned garden lecturer. Norman spent 15 years as an Extension Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University. In 2011, he became director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. He’s been a valuable LiveIt contributor since the very first issue.

Aimee Hodges – Actively Speaking

Aimee Hodges, CI-CPT has been training and motivating clients full-time for six years. She received her certification through Cooper Institute, owns a private fitness studio in Bowie, Texas and offers personal training services at Fit N Wise in Decatur, Texas. She is passionate about empowering and equipping people to reach their fitness goals, one step at a time. For more on achieving your fitness goals and personal training, call Aimee at 940-389-1229.

Tom Ward – Tee Time with Tom

Tom Ward is an internationally renowned golf instructor who has taught players ranging from beginners to winners on the professional golf circuits, as well as a who’s who of high profile celebrities from the sports and entertainment industry. When not globe trotting around the world performing golf clinics or staging charity events, he resides in North Texas.


Donna Long – Travel Writer

LiveIt contributor and travel blogger Donna Long will lead you to restaurants that have a unique atmosphere or distinct flavor and show you traveling can keep you young and invigorated. Follow her off the beaten tourist path to experience something different.

Kassie Pounds- Victory Cottage

Kassie Pounds is an interior design lover and blogger. She became interested in design when she and her husband bought an historical cottage home that they have completely renovated. They recently received a preservation award for restoring the home in Wichita County. Kassie stays  busy with her family, especially her five year old twins! Kassie is also passionate about music and leads worship and directs the choir at her church. She has a degree in Christian music and is currently working toward certification as an interior decorator. Follow her design projects online or on Instagram @victorycottage.

J. Kimberly Cantwell – Finance

Serving others is a passion for me. As a retired educator, there is no better way to continue serving and giving to others, so I have joined this fraternal organization as a financial representative. I have been a Modern Woodmen member for more than 20 years and I have experienced the fraternal and member benefits. We are truly built for members, and what a blessing to be a part of this great organization.

Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr – The Wine Guys

Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr have been writing a wine column for 35 years. Pat, an Annapolise, Md., resident, works in the retail wine business. Tom, a Naples, Fla. resident, is a wine educator. They have traveled extensively to wine growing regions around the world. (Photo courtesy Joshua McKerrow, The Capital).

Joshua Campbell – Good Works

Joshua Campbell has been a resident of Wise County since 2008. He lives there with his wife, two children and two dogs. He is currently pursuing an Associates of Arts at Weatherford College, and plans to pursue a Bachelor in English at Texas Woman’s University in the fall.,,

Jennifer Sidlauskas – Trend Hunter

Jennifer Sidlauskas has a masters degree in English and currently teaches 10th grade. She draws outfit inspiration from the kids she works with and their electic fashion choices, as well as from the timelessly styled women in her life. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, Baxter, and creating beautiful spaces and outfits.